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  1. 5 of the best European Festivals

    European Summer Festivals Blog

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    The British Summer of 2016 seems to have been and gone in one glorious weekend in May. June in Britain seems to of been the setting for a biblical story with flash floods endless rain and British festivals under water! One of the positives was we learnt that the flood defences Glastonbury put in a few years back seem to do the job even if the roads don’t!

    If you’re sick of paying the price for a week away in Spain to stand in a field in the pouring rain holding a warm can of cider then this is the blog for you as we explore 5 of the best festivals Europe has to offer.

    Festival Internacional de Benicàssim

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    Located in the south of Spain in between Valencia and Barcelona, the small beach town of Benicàssim comes alive once a year to hold Spain’s largest festival. Festival international Benicàssim or FIB as it’s affectionately known is one of the largest festivals on the International circuit. FIB is the ideal festival for those looking to swap their wellies and ponchos for flip-flops and swimwear with the festival being held on the beach. The festival attracts the largest names in music and is diverse enough to offer something for everyone! The festival happens at night with the party going on well into the early hours. 8 days camping is included in the price of a ticket allowing you to make the most of your time in Spain and the water park which is withinwalking distance is the perfect spot for shaking off those hangovers.

    Price: €147.50 (including 8 days camping)

    2016 headliners: Major Laser, Chemical Brothers, Muse and Kendrick Lamar

    When: 14th – 17th July


    Rock en Seine – France

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    Situated to the North of Paris, Rock en Seine is perhaps most famous for finishing off Oasis in 2008 (not sure what this means, please elaborate), now in its 14th year Rock en Seine is getting bigger and bigger.  Held on the banks of the river with views overlooking Paris Rock en Seine, this festival provides a beautiful setting as well as top quality music.

    The music as you can guess from the name tends to be more biased to rock/indie and pop than any other genre but the line-up is diverse enough for anyone to have a good time. Given the festival is held on the same weekend as Reading & Leeds there is an inevitable crossover which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially as Rock en Seine is half the price!

    Price: €119 (plus €60 for camping for 2 people)

    Line up: Last Shadow Puppets, Foals, Iggy Pop & Massive Attack

    When: 26-28th August


    Exit Festival – Serbia

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    The first place to start with Exit festival is definitely its location. Held in a Serbian fortress which dates all the way back to the 17th century and medieval times you are unlikely to have an experience like this anywhere else.

    The main stage is situated right in the middle of the fortress holding a capacity of 35,000 people and has seen the likes of Beastie Boys, Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Rose grace the stage to name but a few. Whilst the main stage tends to focus on Guitar based bands, the dance, explosive and fusion stage provide the festival with a wide variety of music depending on how your mood takes you.

    Price: €79

    Headliners: The Prodigy, Dave Guetta & Bastille

    When: July 7th-10th


    Hideout – Croatia

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    Those who are regular readers of the PYB blog will know that we are big fans of Croatia as a destination and Hideout festival is ideal for those who are looking to combine beautiful scenery with a serious party.

    Held on the beautiful Zcre beach on the island of Pag and championed by the likes of Warehouse Project this festival is ideal for those that want to dance the day away in the sunshine to the backdrop of the Adriatic Sea. The festival has sold out for the last few years but organiser refuse to make the event bigger, instead focussing on maintaining a fantastic experience for individual festival goers which is awesome!


    Price: £129

    Headliners: Jamie XX, Skepta, Andy C

    When: 26th June – 1st July


    Roskilde Festival – Denmark

     Born in 1971 Rockskilde has been around for pretty much the same amount of time as Glastonbury and like its UK sibling has certainly matured into a slick operation. Held in Denmark, Roskilde festival plays host to nearly 160,000 revelers every year.

    Its title as the biggest festival in Northern Europe ensures that year after year Roskilde attracts to biggest names in world music and every band even those on early in the day play for at least an hour so if you’re a music purist you’ll really get value for money! Every year there is also a naked race around the campsite with one lucky male and female winner receiving a free ticket for next year’s festival so if you’re not shy about getting your kit off, this could be the festival for you!

    Lastly if you’re into partying 24/7 then this is definitely the place for you, held during the first week of July means the festival doesn’t get dark till 11pm and daybreak begins at around 3:00am giving you some seriously long days for partying!

    Price: £188

    Selected Artists: Red hot Chilli Peppers, Foals, LCD Soundsystem, Neil Young + Promise of the Real

    When: 25th June – 3rd July

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    Heading abroad for a festival this year?

    If you’re heading to one of Europe’s (or even further afield) many festivals this summer you can take advantage of our travel insurance here:

    PS: did you know that if you have a gadget insurance policy, your gadget is covered worldwide!

  2. iPhone 7 is yet to land and the rumour mill for iPhone 8 has already begun

    In September last year, tech-heads and technophobes alike were party to the launch of the iPhone 6S and 6 Plus.

    Hot on its heels was the iPhone SE, which strode onto the stage in March 2016, providing a viable iOption for those whose pockets weren’t quite big enough to accommodate the 6 Plus’ larger display and bigger price tag.

    I know what you’re thinking… March feels like a distant memory. When will we get our next hit? Can two new releases in six months really be enough? We want another iPhone, and we want it now!

    It’s become customary for the Apple rumour mill for their next device to begin just moments after a launch. iPhone 7-based whispering kicked off in as soon as the iPhone 6 and has been going strong ever since, even overlapping with the iPhone SE release.

    The current plan involves unveiling a major iPhone upgrade every other year, with a slightly updated remodel issued to keep us occupied in the interim. But the latest news from Apple HQ is that the flagship model reveal will now take place every three years instead of every second.

    Next in line and approaching in a hurricane of excitement as usual, the iPhone 7 looks set to continue the same-same trend.

    It’s rumoured the screen size will match the 6 and 6 Plus options and casing updates will be restrained to the removal of antenna bands across the back of the handset – essentially it’ll look very similar to the last model.

    Exciting new additions are said to include a “dual camera”, which would bump photograph quality up to SLR levels, and a smart connector which could sync the phone with other devices. It’s hard to see how useful it would be to carry around a mini keyboard with your phone, but ‘smart connecting’ to audio docks, for example, might make a real difference.

    There was also some controversy about the exclusion of the 3.5mm headphone jack, which could have the double-edged impact of facilitating a slimmer body, and driving consumers crazy.

    The headphones were said to connect instead via the Lightning port (Lightning-compatible EarPods are already available) but this whisper has since been quashed and we’re expecting to see the good ol’ headphone jack in its rightful place.

    Then there’s the iPhone 8. 2017 is said to deliver a real glimpse of the future in the form of an all-glass iPhone. Now that is pretty cool!

  3. Ultimate Festival Kit Competition #PYBfestival

    It’s that time of year again! The nights are getting longer and the temperature has certainly risen which means that we’re at the start of festival season! To celebrate the start of this seasons festivals we’ve got an Ultimate Festival Kit to give away to one lucky follower on Twitter. To win simply head on over to our Twitter page, follow and RT the pinned tweet containing the #PYBfestival. It couldn’t be easier!

    You can enter on Twitter HERE

    Additionally we have a blog on keeping your gadgets and belongings safe at festivals. The blog includes tips from what to where, where you can leave your gadgets and what to do in the event they do go missing. You can read the article in full here



    Festival Twitter Giveaway Rules


    1. The promotion is open to residents of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Isle of Man and Channel Islands only, excluding employees of the Assurant Direct Limited (the “Promoter”) and their immediate families, agencies of the Promoter, and anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.

    2. This promotion is only open to individuals aged 18 years or over on date of promotion entry.

    3. The promotion begins at 10am on 20th May 2016 and closes on May 26th 2016 British Summer Time (BST). Any entry received after the closing date and time will not be valid. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

    4. Entrants must have access to the internet and an email address and Twitter account

    5. Entry is free and no purchase is necessary to enter this promotion. A maximum of one entry per person is allowed and a maximum of one prize may be won per household.


    How to Enter

    5. To enter this promotion, visit , follow the Protect Your Bubble Twitter account from your Twitter account, and re-tweet  the competition tweet which will include hashtag #PYBfestival and ‘Retweet & Follow’

    6. Retweeting any other post during the date range specified above that does not contain the phrase above does not count as an entry

    7. Entrants must continue to follow the @protectyrbubble Twitter account following entry into the promotion in order to continue to be regarded as eligible

    8. Entrants must not publish repeated Tweets

    9. Entrants must not attempt to enter the promotion using multiple accounts and entrants found to be doing so will be ineligible to participate in the promotion. It is the responsibility of entrants to ensure they comply with Twitter’s rules regarding usage

    The Prize

    10. There is one winner.  The prize is 1 Ultimate Festival Kit usually including the following (but may vary at the sole discretion of the supplier): glow sticks, poncho, face wipes, electro-mix electrolyte drinks powder, toothbrush & paste, anti-bacterial hand wash, ear plugs, flash light, sun cream ,rave paint, tissues and disposable toilet wipes. 11. Cost of shipping is included in the prize. Any redelivery requirements where a user has not been available to receive their delivery that requires an additional costs is the winner’s responsibility. The winners are responsible for all expenses not expressly stated in these terms and conditions as being included as part of the prize.

    12. The prize is not transferable, cannot be exchanged and has no cash value. It cannot be redeemed by the winner for cash or any other prize. The prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied.

    Winner Selection and Notification

    13. The winner will be randomly selected on 27th May 2016 by the Promoter from all of the valid entries submitted during the promotional period in accordance with these terms and conditions.

    14. The Promoter will contact the winner within one week of on 27th May via private message on Twitter. The prize will be posted to the address provided by the winner within 7 working days of the winner claiming. In all matters, the random selection made by the Promoter shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

    15. The winner is required to respond to the private message notification within 7 days in order to claim the prize. Failure to do so will result in the prize being forfeited and another winner will be selected.

    16. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for failed delivery due to provision of incorrect contact details by entrants. Any prize that is returned undelivered will be assumed unwanted and the Promoter reserves the right to select an alternative winner to receive the prize using the same process referred to above in these terms and conditions.

    17. The Promoter reserves the right to ask for evidence of identity and address of the prize winner.

    18. By entering this promotion, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    19. Losing entries will not receive any notification.


    20. The Twitter handle, name and county of residence of the prize winner will be available upon request by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to; Festival Competition, Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN after 1st June

    21. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to provide alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

    22. By entering, entrants and winners (as applicable) grant Promoter, and their licensees, successors and assigns, the assignable, perpetual, worldwide, fully-paid, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute, display, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, otherwise use, and permit others to use their entry for this Promotion, including the names and likenesses of any persons embodied therein, in any manner, form, or format now or hereinafter created, including on the Internet, and on Promoter social media sites, and for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising or promotion of Promoter, all without further consent from or notice or payment to entrant or winner(s). Promoter is under no obligation to make use of the rights granted herein.

    23. The Promoter and its agents will only use personal information supplied by entrants to this promotion for the purposes of administering this promotion, unless consent is received to use such information for any other purpose. All personal data shared by the entrants will be collected in accordance with Promoter’s privacy policy available at

    24. Nothing in these terms shall exclude the liability of the Promoter for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence or any other liability which may not be excluded by law. The Promoter excludes all other liability to the extent permitted by law and in particular without limitation to the foregoing, the Promoter shall not be liable for any indirect, special or consequential loss nor for loss arising out of matters outside of its control nor for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and/or internet access.

    25. By participating, each entrant agrees to release, indemnify, discharge and hold harmless Promoter and Twitter, Inc., and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or any Promotion -related activity, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or Promoter’s use of the rights granted herein.

    26. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to modify, discontinue (temporary or permanently) this promotion with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters under its control is final and binding.

    27. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter, Inc. You understand that you are providing your information to Promoter and not to Twitter, Inc. Entrants to this promotion hereby release Twitter, Inc.from any claim or liability suffered in connection with this promotion

    28. This promotion and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    Promoter – Assurant Direct Limited trading as Protect your bubble, whose registered office is Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN and whose registered number is 5399683.

  4. The Ultimate Guide to keeping your Gadgets safe this festival season

    Plan your outfit

    Taking time to pick a strong festival outfit in the weeks that lead up to your festival of choice is always a must. However when considering your outfit its worth thinking about your valuables safety too. You don’t need to compromise your look at all however it’s worth considering items with zipped or deep pockets. Zipped pockets provide that extra layer of security making it that little bit harder for would be thieves or for your beloved smartphone to fall out of your pocket as you get carried away with the crowd after a big set.


    Take advantage of festival lockers and festival lock ups

    Its well worth taking advantage of festival lock ups. These are dotted round the camp site and tend to be open 24 hours a day. (Check with your festival)  You can leave any item big or small with total piece of mind. They are essentially big cloakrooms, similar to that of a bar or club. At Glastonbury the staff even hand out free toilet roll to those in need!

    Festival lockers are another great option. They may seem like an added expense you simply don’t need but if there is a group of you it really is a no brainer and many argue it’s worth it for the phone charger which features in them at the majority of festivals. The ability to store items like your passport, car keys, contact lenses and return travel tickets really is invaluable and shouldn’t be scoffed at.

    Don’t leave your valuables unattended or padlock your tent

    This one might seem obvious but it’s frightening how many people have their phones, car keys, wallets, passports and cameras stolen as a result of leaving them. Leaving your valuables in a tent is just asking for trouble and it could invalidate your insurance.

    Padlocking your tent might seem like a great idea and give you an added layer of security however it can actually often prove to be the worst thing you can do. Padlocking your tent screams that it has something valuable inside and is going to make any thief not only break in but probably ruin your tent in the process.

    If you are going to carry your belongings, it’s worth sleeping with them at the bottom of your sleeping bag. Thieves at festivals are crafty & bold and will try to rob you as you sleep. Putting them at the bottom of your bag ensures that even if you’re out for the count a thief is going to have a hard time moving your body to get to your valuables.

    Invest in a good case

    A good case can make all the difference to you breaking or losing your phone. When looking for a case try to get one that has flaps that cover the charging port and headphone jack, that way if you drop your phone in the mud it’s not going to break the charger or headphone jack. (I’ve broken 2 phones this way)

    Another good option to look at is a bungee key fob. These are available on amazon for under £10 and attach to most smartphones. The cord attaches to your smartphone and then you can clip it to your belt, pocket or inside of you bag making it that much harder for a thief to nab or for it to fall out of your pocket accidently.

    Get a festival phone

    Whilst we completely understand why you’d want your smartphone with you so you can upload pics, take Snapchats and even check the football scores it’s worth seriously considering leaving your smartphone at home.

    Use an old phone from the drawer or pick up a cheap phones for next to nothing and liberate yourself from the stress of looking after your number one personal item. Plus going a weekend with social media can be extremely liberating. If you’re worried about not having any photos go old school and get a few disposal cameras. You’ll have great fun getting them developed and be able to relieve all the memories (perhaps forgotten memories) when you get home!

    Report anything stolen to the police right away

    If the worst does happen and you do find that your valuables have been stolen, report it to the police immediately and get a crime number. This represents your best chance of getting the items back and if you have insurance a crime number is required as part of the claims process.

    Lastly……Take out insurance!

    If you’ve got a particularly active summer this year or heading to a festival it’s well worth taking out insurance. We offer insurance for gadgets and mobile phones. Insurance covers you from theft, loss, accidental damage and cracked screens.

    You can check out our gadget Insurance policies here

  5. The ultimate gadgets you need for the perfect BBQ

    May is finally upon us and brings with it two bank holiday weekends which are ideal for BBQ-ing! With the temperatures set to make it into the mid 20s this weekend we’ve pulled together the must have gadgets which are sure to make you the envy of all your friends and provide you with the coveted BBQ king crown this summer.

    Fugoo Style speaker – One of the main ingredients for any good gathering, BBQ or party is good music & a good speaker. We can’t think of a better one currently than the Fugoo Style. It’s rare that you can find a speaker that delivers great quality audio, is durable and stylish all in one portable Bluetooth package. However this speaker delivers all of that and more.  Supplying a crisp sound outlay you’ll be amazed about the sound quality that comes out of such a small speaker. The speaker also has a battery life of a whopping 40 hours which means you’ll never have to cut the party short!  It’s also been designed to be weatherproof and can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes without breaking which is ideal if you have a pool or the great British weather takes a turn for the worst!

    Fugoo Style – Available from Amazon for £149


    The Battery Powered BBQ Kebab and Rotisserie Spit is the perfect gadget for any BBQ enthusiast! This rotisserie rack sits on top of your BBQ and slowly rotates allowing you to concentrate on some of the more expensive items like steaks without worrying if your kebabs, chicken or sausages are cooking through evenly and more importantly not burning!

    The Battery Powered BBQ Kebab and Rotisserie Spit – Available from amazon for £50

    Meat Thermometers make the ideal gift for a birthday or any BBQ enthusiast. A set of 4 thermometers are available from John Lewis for just £10. Consisting of one beef, chicken, lamb and pork thermometer, the dial is separated into 3 sections; rare, medium and well done so you’ll be able to tell as soon as your meet is cooked to perfection!

    Meat Thermometers – Available from John Lewis for £10


    Looftlighter Electric BBQ starter – The looftlighter is a great invention and replaces the need for kindle, firelighters, lighting fluids or scrap pieces of paper. It works by blowing an extremely hot jet of air onto your coals and promises to deliver a fully established fire in under 2 minutes. Ideal for those who want to just get on with the BBQ without the hassle of getting it going.

    Available from Amazon for £48.99

    Lazy-Spay hot tub – Perhaps not an essential but something that should be considered by anyone who Is planning on spending any large amount of time in their garden with friends and family this summer! The Lazy-Spa provides the perfect way to unwind after a BBQ. This inflatable hot tub heats up to 40 degrees and offers all the social and health benefits that a hot tub brings at an affordable price!

    The Lazy-Spa (2-4 persons) Available from Amazon for: £257

    The Lazy-Spa (4-6 persons) Available from Amazon for: £329

Prices may change. Protect Your Bubble is a trading name of Assurant Direct Limited, a company registered in England and Wales (registration company number 5399683). Assurant Direct Limited is an Appointed Representative of Lifestyle Services Group Limited. Lifestyle Services Group Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under registration number 315245. You can check this on the Financial Services Register at or by calling 0800 111 6768.

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